March 3, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA
San Diego, CA – The Maritime Labor Alliance (MLA), comprised of six major maritime unions in North America and representing 120,000 members, have approved a program to develop a joint agenda. The goal is to use collective strength in negotiations and political action. The MLA held its semi-annual meeting in San Diego last week in conjunction with the Winter Meetings of the AFL-CIO.
The six unions of the MLA include – International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots (IOMM&P), Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.), American Radio Association (ARA), and Inlandboatmen’s Union .
MLA will support historical jurisdictional claims by all its member-unions and work together to protect each union’s jurisdiction. In addition, the group has agreed to expand its use of social media outlets.
The six unions of the MLA expressed optimism for continued growth and influence as they begin their fourth year of existence and continue as the “one true voice of Maritime Unions in North America.”